Carson Wentz: Reports about relationship with Doug Pederson were exaggerated

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Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz are no longer members of the Eagles but now both have spoken about their relationship, which was reportedly “fractured beyond repair” during the 2020 season.

And both have now downplayed those reports.

On Friday, the day after his introductory press conference in Indianapolis, Carson Wentz made an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show and called those reports about his relationship with Pederson “very exaggerated.”

Here’s the full quote from Wentz:

“For one, I don’t like to ever come out and say reporters aren’t telling the truth. I’m not going to dispute every report that’s out there. The way the season went obviously wasn’t ideal. When Jalen (Hurts) was drafted, that had no bearing on me. I trusted the organization, I signed the contract. I was devoted to them, I felt like they were devoted to me, so I trusted the pick. That had no bearing on my confidence or my abilities. The season unfolded, not how I would have liked it personally. I could have played better, we lost a lot of games at the end. And just didn’t fall into place the way we wanted. 

“But there’s a lot to learn from it as a man, as a player, all those things. I still have a lot of respect for Coach Pederson. I think without a doubt, those reports are very exaggerated. Like I said, I don’t hear a lot of them. They come to my attention from my agents or different things. But I have a lot of respect for him and it was unfortunate for everybody and how the whole thing kind of just went down.”

At the end of the interview, McAfee asked Wentz if he would ever speak to Pederson again and Wentz said he would.

While it’s clear there was some sort of rift in the relationship between Wentz and Pederson, Pederson’s firing obviously didn’t quell all of Wentz’s concerns about the organization. Because he still wanted a fresh start away from Philly and he got it.

Earlier in the week, Doug Pederson was a guest on Takeoff with John Clark and also addressed the relationship with Wentz.

"I still have a lot of respect (for Wentz) and we drafted him five years ago to be the guy and I’m excited to see what he does with the Colts now," Pederson said. "And he has a fresh start too. I think that’s something that players go through in their careers. … I know that’s what he’s looking forward to and I’m excited to watch his career moving forward."

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